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    Posted: 15 October 2018 at 1:48pm
Good morning,

As Google's practice of labeling sites as Not Secure is now well and truly here more of us are needing SSL certificates simply to shut Google's warnings up.

There is a project LetsEncrypt that seems to be offering free SSL certificates, which at first glance sounds kinda nice.

I also know just how long and how much free things can cost in terms of time in setting up and as it is something that most people don't do very often and then more time in going back and setting up correctly.

I also have no idea if SSL certificates are a good source of revenue for WebWiz or a Pain In The * that needs to be offered

So I was wondering if this project is viewed with enthusiasm or dislike by Webwiz, especially in the context of hosting packages that do not run on their own virtual machines so do not have command line/powershell access.

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We have been trailing Let' s Encrypt on a number of customers accounts but so far it has not proved stable enough to roll out.

Let' s Encrypt SSL certificates only last 3 months, rather than the 12 + months you get from a paid SSL certificate so need to be renewed quite often.

Due to changes in the Let' s Encrypt API due to patching vulnerabilities, outages, cp changes, etc. at least once every 3 to 4 months there will be an issue that will take few days to a week to get fixed. During this time any websites that use these free certificates and need renewing have outages till the Let's Encrypt service is restored.

We therefore do not recommend Let' s Encrypt unless it is for an unimportant websites where outages do not matter.

Until we see at least a 6 moth run where there are no issues with Let' s Encrypt we will not be enabling it by default on customers accounts.

We only use paid SSL certificates for our own websites and for customers that need to ensure that their websites do not have outages we also recommend that they stick with paid SSL Certificates.

Web Wiz supply a range of SSL Certificates from £29.95 and as SSL certificates can be tricky to setup and configure we do the application to the Certificates Authority, the verification, and the installing of the SSL certificate for customers.
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Good morning,

Thanks for this information.Smile

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